When my friend Moe sent me an email last year with his vision for Discipulus I was stoked. I am eager to read more (you should to!) and learn more about his heart in this particular area.
Not only do I view discipleship as an important part of our growth as believers, I have also personally experienced the effects of someone investing in my life.
In high school, I had a small group leader who cared about me and what I was going through.
In college, I made a dear friend who invested his life into mine and showed me first-hand what it looked like to follow Christ.
A couple years back I made a year-long commitment to “do life” with a group of 7 other guys. I learned their stories; they learned mine. We grew closer and developed a bond that was beyond the surface-y, “Hey, how are you?” Sunday morning conversation.
This past year, a couple at church intentionally invested in our marriage. We sought advice, gained wisdom, and as a result, grew closer as a married couple.
Experiencing first-hand what happens when someone invests their life into yours is inspiring. I’m grateful to have received these types of investments over the last 15 years.
As I look into 2012 I want God to move in my heart to share more about this — what it looks like for me personally and how I want to extend my life out to my family and others. Specifically, there are a few areas of my life that I want to focus on: my family, my students (high school boys at church), and some men in my life.
Like financial investments, these deposits may not have an immediate return. They make take time. They may require ‘monthly contributions’ of seemingly insignificant amounts. But in the end, the results — I believe — will be great.
I have some exciting things in store this year that I can’t wait to share about — and they fall in line with exactly this: purposefully investing in something else and, in turn, intentionally being available to share your life with others.